Batman
Debut: January 01, 1966
Ended: January 01, 1968
Debut: January 01, 1966
Ended: January 01, 1968

Wikipedia: (Posted 4th June 07) The series was produced in the United States and debuted at 7:30, Wednesday evening, January 12, 1966 on ABC television, with the conclusion airing at 7:30 Thursday night, January 13 (replacing The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on Wednesdays [which moved to Saturday] and the canceled primetime music variety series Shindig! on Thursdays), at a time against other popular TV series including The Andy Griffith Show and The Wild Wild West. The Batman series set a standard that identifies it as a product of the 1960s. It was known for its silly high camp humour and continues to be the version some associate with the Batman character despite it being least reflective of the Batman mythos as it is known today. (The series was, however, very reflective of the character as portrayed in comics in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before editor Julius Schwartz revamped the books, removing much of the silliness.) The series ran for a total of 120 25-minute episodes. The show revolved around the adventures of the crimefighter Batman (Adam West) and his sidekick Robin (Burt Ward) in Gotham City. Batman's dual identity was that of the debonair "millionaire philanthropist" Bruce Wayne, who lived outside the city in "stately Wayne Manor." He lived with his youthful ward Dick Grayson, also known as Robin (Burt Ward), faithful butler Alfred (Alan Napier), and Aunt Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake). Though mentioned only a few times during the second season (in the episodes 'The Clock King Gets Crowned' and 'The Devil's Fingers'), Aunt Harriet Cooper was Dick Grayson's, not Wayne's, biological aunt. Both Wayne and Grayson were orphaned at the hands of criminals. The adventures usually called for the heroes to fight supervillains such as The Joker (Cesar Romero), who refused to shave off his moustache before his make-up was applied), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin and John Astin), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), King Tut (Victor Buono), and Catwoman (at various times Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt). In reality King Tut was a timid history professor who, after being hit in the head with a brick at a peace rally, donned the persona of the Egyptian royal. When a bell rang (suggesting a school bell) the villain would return to his meek demeanor. Other main characters were Police Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton), Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp) of the Gotham City Police, and, in the third season, Batgirl (Yvonne Craig). Probably one of the campiest installments featured flashy Vegas showman Liberace, in a dual role as a hard-nosed cigar chomping thug and his intimidated but essentially honest brother. Quick action sequences, the voice of TV producer William Dozier as a pompous sounding narrator (identified as Desmond Doomsday on the Batman Television Soundtrack Album) providing the storylines, psychedelic sets and costumes, Dutch angles (with the criminals' lairs always being filmed with the camera at an angle to emphasize the "crooked" nature of the criminals), and bright colors were all meant to evoke the four-color, campy world of the comic books of the 1950s and 1960s under the strict Comics Code Authority. The series is notable for its use of cliffhanger endings, and the "Batclimb cameo", whereby the Dynamic Duo would occasionally scale the outside of a tall building, encountering cameo appearances from top celebrities of the day. The fight scenes were accompanied with comic-style captions, such as WHAM! and POW!, that would appear on screen in time with the action.

Intros
Credits
Posters
Quotes
Batman: "No, Catwoman!"
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Robin: "Holy *something* Batman! -Robin"
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Batman: "Bartender, a bit of advice. Always inspect a jukebox carefully. These machines can be deadly. -Batman"
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Batman: "Human mechanisms are made by human hands, Robin. None of them is infallible. It is a lesson that must be faced. -Batman"
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Catwomen: "Get'em, Boys! -Catwomen"
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Alfred: "Sir, it's the Batphone. -Alfred"
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Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson: "Bruce: Come on, Dick. To the Batcave! Dick: Right! -Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson"
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Comments
11 years, 3 months ago
this shows returned to tv...its on some new channel called 'The Hub'on directv its channel 294...ppl need 2 spread the word about this channel...check the website out for more information
    13 years, 11 months ago
    YES!!! This was the SHOW, baby!!! (And, in a great number of ways, it still is! :) )

    I owned toy replicas of The Batmobile and The Batboat manufactured by Corgi Toys!!! I was a very avid, devoted viewer of it (both TV and movie versions!) on WGNO-TV Channel 26 in the 1970s and on WNOL-TV Channel 38 in the 1980s!!!

    That was before, in 1989, The Family Channel claimed the rights to air the show, with--*choke!*--precious minutes edited from the episodes to forge tight commercial airtime space!!! There have been subequent runs, on F/X, The Sci-Fi Channel, and TV Land, but there've been no improvements there, either. In fact, of the four I think F/X did the absolute worst job of butchering Batman.

    It's high time all that legal red tape between Fox and DC Comics were snipped through so that uncut DVD season sets can be released...either that or Encore ACTION snatches up rights to air the show uncut and complete with all original scenes (the same waty they did The Green Hornet and The Time Tunnel...both ABC Primetime flops in 1966)!
      14 years ago
      This was a very campy show. Still fun to watch, even today.
        14 years, 5 months ago
        T.V.'s Adam West?... where?!? ( from fairly odd parents) lol
          14 years, 5 months ago
          I liked this show. Althhough I wish Robin would have worn pants.
            14 years, 7 months ago
            yes speedy, this Batman series is FAR better than the animated series, and thats not just my opinion. The show has lasted 41 years now, and still going, it still gets shown on TV once in a while... So the series has quite a following!

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              14 years, 7 months ago
              Was this cooler than the batman ,the anmated series later?
                15 years, 9 months ago
                To whoever it was that posted the intro to Batman, I thank you very much.
                  15 years, 9 months ago
                  This is the best show EVER! Its my favourite Tv programme and still is shown 40 years later..

                  Michael Keaton? And all the new Batman's with there plastic custumes are lame.. Plus not fun like this 1960s series..

                  I hope Warner Bros let Fox release the series, its a Tv classic a legend... Better than all the other new releases!
                    15 years, 10 months ago
                    This was and still is a good tv show. I remember they use to show reruns of Batman on The Family Channel. Since Batman: The Movie is on DVD, I hope they will bring each and every season of this Batman series to DVD as well.
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